June 30th, 2008
11:20 AM ET
14 years ago

Lieberman says terrorist attack likely

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/30/art.lieberman.gi.jpg caption="Lieberman is a backer of McCain."](CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-Independent who is a strong supporter of Republican John McCain's White House bid, suggested Sunday the United States will likely face a terrorist attack in 2009.

The controversial comments followed remarks by top John McCain adviser Charlie Black late last week that a terrorist attack leading up the the general election would probably help the Arizona senator's White House hopes.

Watch: McCain adviser apologizes for comments

"Our enemies will test the new president early," Lieberman told CBS Sunday. "Remember that the truck bombing of the World Trade Center happened in the first year of the Clinton administration. 9/11 happened in the first year of the Bush administration."

McCain and his supporters have long argued the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is better-suited to handle the country's foreign policy challenges than Barack Obama.

Watch: Lieberman touts McCain

"[McCain] knows the world," Lieberman said. "He's been tested. He's ready to protect the security of the American people."

But Lieberman, who served as the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000, distanced himself from Black's contention that a terrorist attack would boost McCain's chances of winning the Oval Office.

"Sometimes even the best of them say things that are not what they intended to say," Lieberman said. "Certainly the implications there I know were not what Charlie intended. And he apologized for it. Senator McCain said he didn't agree. And, of course, I feel the same way.

Lieberman, who calls himself an "independent Democrat," endorsed McCain in early December.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Susan, PA

    perhaps he know when and where as well......

    Welcome to Republican way Joe.

    June 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. CT voter

    We have always been a democratic state here in CT and we will continue to be, this guy needs to leave town soon as possible, he does not speak for CT, we are not fear monger's like him, this is what happens when you're in washington too long, he lied to us and said he would go back to the Dem side if voted back in, he is a lieing, decietful man, I can't believe he stole my vote, I'm so disgusted.

    June 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Paul

    Just what the Republicans ALWAYS use to suck people into voting for them FEAR.
    Use your brains america and don't get sucked in, again.

    June 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Andre of Marland

    Is this the only winning line that the Republicans have????

    I am tired of having a less educated, beer drinking tough guy as President. It has gotten us a horrible economy, a terrible view of our country around the world, and gas prices going thru the roof. Enough!!!

    Keeping my family safe means making sure groceries and gas are priced reasonably, making sure I have a job, and most importantly making sure that I can apply for and obtain a loan when needed. The republicans have been selfish and it is time to throw all of the out!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Joe

    This is interesting. Are they in the process of setting up an attack on America? Make you wonder.

    June 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Jeb

    Boo, vote republican – that's the message.

    June 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Steve

    Lieberman has his own agenda and is dependent on McSane winning the White House. McSane is too old and out of touch. And if Lieberman is not close to him whispering in his ears he would be lost an everything. The straight talk express made it perfectly clear to everyone a few month ago when he said if home owners facing difficult times because of the sub prime mess needs help there on their own. He's too rich and out of touch with average Americans and the reason why he keeps saying "my friends". He's boring and does noting to inspire the people of the country toward a better, brighter future.

    June 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. peggy


    June 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Arin, Florida

    Add another reason not to vote for the GOP (and its new lackey, Leiberman) this November: politics of fear. Sorry, but any party that has to try to scare me into voting for it, well, let's just say isn't that what is happening in Zimbabwe?

    The worst thing is that at this point I can honestly say I would not be surprised if the GOP manufactured some terrorist event prior to the general election. This is true fear of politics. Who could possibly still want these people running our country?

    June 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. Eric

    Lieberman is a disgrace to this country.

    June 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Kurt

    Wow Lieberman, just when I thought I could not possibly detest you even more than I already do...

    June 30, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. King of NJ

    NO FEAR!!

    DEMS 08!!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. singh

    GOP fear mongering at its best....wouldn't expect it from an "independent democrat" shame on you lieberman...they are using you as a pawn.

    June 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. wow...

    ..so the republicans continue to play the "FEAR GAME".

    sounds like a broken record to me.

    June 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. John, Catholic

    “No man can serve two masters. (Matthew 6:24)”

    So who does Liberman serve? The US or Isreal? Why does no one question his patriotism? Very Interesting.

    June 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Pearl

    Let the fear-mongering by the GOP begin in earnest. What is really laughable is the idea that McCain would be more capable than Obama in a calamity. McCain has a hard enough time reading a script and answering softball questions, yet some would trust him to think clearly on his feet in a crisis. I don't think so. Give me President Obama, please.

    June 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. k in Indiana

    Again with the scare tactics. Americans are wise enough to see through this manipulation of fear.

    June 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Lieberman is a FEAR MONGER!!

    Republicans are a disgrace! Republicans are completely and absolutely NOTHING without promoting fear.

    That fear has caused the death of over 4,000 troops.


    Vote DEM!

    June 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Tony C.

    Is Lieberman so hungry to get his name in the news that he would make such a stupid statement based on his personal opinion? Apparently so.

    Why doesn't he just come out and declare himself the republican he is? Does he really think McCain would consider him as a potential V.P.?

    Lieberman is as dirty as any other republican and his PREDICTION of another attack is laughable. I would think by making such a statement that it would hurt McCain, which is fine by me, since he is basically saying that Bush and his clown cabinet have NOT made us any safer.

    Joe Lieberman – Republican!

    June 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Bradley

    Of course he would say this. Now McCan can say "see I told you so". If there is going to be a terrorist attack, all the more reason to vote OBAMA in '08, someone who will know how to handle the problem.

    June 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Mattk

    Pathetic...is the only word to describe Liebermans comment.

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Dave, IN

    Even if I don't agree with everything Lieberman stands for and says, I've got to give him credit for sticking to his principles and not just mouthing the party line like the lemmings who call themselves politicians.

    And, he doesn't have to make a "major speech" to make his point.

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Alex

    disgusting... i won't fall for this.. again..

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. kofi

    *sigh* Lieberman has been sounding the "war war war horn" with the republicans for a long time. He really should just officially label himself a republican because its quite obvious - and the tried and tested bludgeon of "terrorist fear" is getting really old now.

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. katiec

    When all of this is settled think Liberman would even have a
    hard time getting voted in for dog catcher.
    How pathetic.

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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